Routine Foot Care - Common foot problems

Calluses & Corns

A callus is an area of hard, thickened skin and they usually occur over bony prominence's or in areas where there is repeated friction and pressure. Calluses and corns have painful nerves and bursal sacs (fluid-filled balloons that act as shock absorbers) beneath them, causing symptoms ranging from sharp, shooting pain to dull and aching soreness. They can be disabling, and in a diabetic can lead to serious complications if left untreated.

Improperly fitting shoes are a leading cause of corns. Toe deformities, such as hammertoe or claw toe, also can lead to corns.

You should be careful with over-the counter callus remover that have strong acids as they can cause chemical burns when not used correctly and lead to ulceration, please be aware in particular diabetic patients. If you need assistance relieving calluses corns, please contact us to make an appointment.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails can be extremely painful. An ingrown toenail occurs when the toe nail grows into the nail bed and becomes embedded in the skin around the nail and later may become sore, red and swollen. This can result in the area bleeding or weeping and sometimes becoming infected.

The leading cause of Ingrown toenail is genetics, caused by the acute curvature of the nail
although the way a person trims his or her toe nails can be a contributory factor. Shoes that are too tight or short can put pressure between the nail and soft tissue and eventually cause ingrown toenails. If the pain is persistent or you see any discharge and the toe is red, hot and swollen on either sides of nail please contact us and Ashleigh will be more than happy to give you initial over the phone advice to determine the best course of treatment.

Plantar Warts or Verrucae

Plantar warts are caused by the HPV virus and can be very painful, which generally invades the skin through small or invisible cuts and abrasions. Most foot warts are harmless, even though they may be painful. Children, especially teenagers, tend to be more susceptible to warts than adults. However, children do recover from warts fairly quickly and do not require any treatment.

Warts are generally raised and fleshier when they appear on the top of the foot or on the toes.

Plantar warts are often gray or brown (but the color may vary), with a center that appears as one or more pinpoints of black and at times can resemble cauliflower in appearance. It is important to note that warts can be very resistant to treatment and have a tendency to reoccur.

If left untreated, warts can grow to an inch or more in circumference and can spread into clusters of warts. Like any other infectious lesion, plantar warts are spread by touching, scratching, or even by contact with skin shed from another wart.

Occasionally, warts can spontaneously disappear after a short time, and, just as frequently, they can recur in the same location.

At Herts Wellness we offers a wide range of treatments to suit every need, including application of caustic medication and cryosurgery.

Children's Foot Problems

We specialise in all forms of conservative treatment of the pediatric foot. We treat many conditions including children’s foot and ankle pain, juvenile bunions, structural

deformities such as flat feet high arched feet, toe deformities, plantar warts (verrucae), ingrown toenails and we also provide footwear advice for growing feet.

Diabetes & Your Feet

According to the diabetic UK, about 2.5 million people suffer from diabetes. It is estimated that by 2025, there will be more than four million people with diabetes in the UK. Foot problems are a big risk in diabetics. Diabetics must constantly monitor their feet or otherwise they could face severe consequences, including amputation. What you may not know is nearly 80% of life altering amputations could have been prevented.

We offer specialist daibetic foot care that includes; Diabetic nail cutting, annual diabetic foot checks, ulcer treatment and up to date advice to ensure you are looking after your feet appropriately. The two main areas Ashleigh will monitor for the diabetic foot are as follows.

Peripheral Neuropathy

Patients who suffer from neuropathy, increasingly difficult to distinguish between hot and cold and dull and sharp, as well as the ability to feel pain and pressure. This could lead to potentially dangerous and undetected injuries for a diabetic. The risks of developing ulcers and infections are significantly increased.

Poor Circulation

Poor circulation inhibits the body’s ability to allow adequate blood flow to extremities. Blood carries the necessary oxygen and nutrients necessary to aid in the body’s healing processes as well as keeping those body parts active and healthy. Poor circulation to the feet and legs slow down the healing process when injured. When your wound is not healing, it’s at risk for infection. As a diabetic your infections spread quickly and greatly increase the risks to contract gangrene.

We also provide creams, sprays, ointments, dressings and padding's which with your consent be applied at the end of your treatment. Your podiatrist will be able to recommend what's best for you.